Wednesbury-based haulier invests in tracking solution

National haulier BJS Haulage has invested in an integrated telematics and asset tracking solution to improve efficiency and security across its fleet of more than 100 articulated trucks and trailers.

The WEBFLEET fleet management system has been installed across the Wednesbury-based company’s entire HGV fleet, while asset trackers have been added to all curtain-side and box trailers.

This provides a real-time update of the position of vehicles and assets using a single interface, giving clients and BJS peace of mind over valuable customer stock loads.

Alerts can also be set for when vehicles or assets leave geofenced areas or when any trailer motion is detected.

As well as improving security, the technology is also supporting more efficient workflow planning.

BJS Haulage Operations Director, Amarat Gill said: “Integrating our in-house trailer management system with WEBFLEET has allowed us to see at-a-glance where all our trailers are across our various depots and customer sites and is helping us to allocate resources much more efficiently”.

WEBFLEET TachoShare Plus, which remotely downloads drivers’ cards every day (rather than manually in the depot after every shift) is also saving the company time and money by helping to keep the trucks on the road. This automated functionality is proving especially valuable for vehicles which stay out all week.

The ruggedised WEBFLEET PRO 8 tablet, meanwhile, is being used by drivers to perform walk round vehicle safety checks before every journey, without having to use their own personal mobile.

The software integrates seamlessly with the company’s transport management system Mandata, allowing drivers to accept and complete jobs, using the PRO 8’s ‘sign on glass’ functionality.

BJS is currently also working on the development of a bespoke trailer app and barcode scanning which will eventually allow the company to screen all trailers and assign colour-coded status indicators (green for empty and red for loaded), to support the team in allocating empty trailers quickly and efficiently to drivers.